(Distance: 170 km. / Driving Time: 5 hrs. / Altitude of Phuentsholing: 293 mt.)
On arrival at NJP Railway Station / IXB Airport, you will be transferred to Phuentsholing, a border town of Southern Bhutan and a thriving commercial center. On arrival in Phuentsholing, you would be greeted by your Bhutanese Guide. You can spend time taking the photographs of the huge ornate gate that welcomes you to Bhutan. Later check in at the hotel. Evening free for leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Phuentsholing.
(Distance: 176 km. / Driving Time: 6 hrs. / Altitude of Thimphu: 2,350 mt.)
After breakfast complete the immigration formalities and get transferred to Thimphu (7,710 ft.) the capital city of Bhutan. On the way stop at Kharbandi Goemba, a monastery was founded by the Royal Grand Mother, Ashi Phuntsho Choden in the year 1967. The Monastery lies at an altitude of 400 m. It contains paintings on the life of Buddha, statues of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Guru Rinpoche. A fascinating view of Phuentsholing town and surrounding plains can be seen from the Monastery garden. Later continue your drive to Thimphu. On the way, you shall see and experience how the plains become small foothills and then the big Himalayan Slopes. On arrival check in at the hotel. Evening free for leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Thimphu.
After breakfast, you would be taken for a tour of Thimphu City. You would be visiting Kuensel Phodrang, the gigantic Buddha Dordenma Statue located atop a hill offering a magnificent view of Thimphu Town; National Memorial Chorten, a Stupa built in 1974 to honor the third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck circumambulated by people offering prayers; Folk Heritage
The museum, traditional house giving an insight to the Bhutanese lifestyle and artifacts from the rural households; Changangkha Lhakhang, one of the oldest temple in Thimphu and Motithang Takin Reserve, a wildlife reserve center for Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. In the evening visit Tashichho Dzong, Fortress of the Glorious Religion. This impressive fortress houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
(Distance: 77 km. / Driving Time: 2 hrs. / Altitude of Punakha: 1,310 mt.)
After breakfast, you will be driven to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. On the way, stop at Immigration Check Point in Hongtsho Village to get the permit stamped which is to be returned in your return journey. Later halt at Dochula Pass, situated at an altitude of 3,100 mT. From here on a clear sunny day, you get a magnificent view of the Himalayas. The landmarks around the pass include 108 Druk Wangyal Stupas built under the patronage of Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. Continue your drive to Punakha / Wangdue. On arrival in Punakha visit Punakha Dzong, one of the most beautiful dzongs of Bhutan located at the confluence of Mo Chhu and Po Chhu Rivers built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Chimi Lhakhang also Known as “The Temple of Fertility” built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, “Devine Mad Man”. It is a short hike of around 30 – 45 minutes. Later check in at the hotel. The evening is free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha / Wangdue.
(Distance: 140 km. / Driving Time: 4 hrs. / Altitude of Paro: 2,280 mt.)
After breakfast, you would be driven to Paro. On the way, stop at Immigration Check Point in Hongtsho Village to return the permit which was stamped earlier. Enroute stop at Tamchog Lhakhang, situated between Thimphu and Paro built in the 13th century by Thangthong Gyalpo also Known as the Iron bridge builder. Continue your drive to Paro. On arrival at Paro visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower overlooking Rimpung Dzong built in 1951 now converted into national museum; Nemi Zam Bridge, also Known as Nya Mey Zam Bridge is a traditional covered cantilever bridge connecting the Paro town to the Dzong and Kyichu Lakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred temples of Bhutan. Later check in at the hotel. Evening free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
After breakfast visit Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), home of gods and monks located at an altitude of 3100m in the Upper Paro Valley, Bhutan. As per legend, Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery. The hike to the Monastery takes about 5 – 6 hours to complete. As the hike to Taktsang Monastery is steeply coupled with stiff stairs, it is not recommended to take the hike with small children and elderly people. On the way drive past Drukgel Dzong, a Buddhist monastery built by Tenzin Drukdra in the 17th century to commemorate the victory of the Bhutanese over the invaders from Tibet it is now in ruins. At present renovation of the Dzong is under progress. The evening is free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
(Distance: 40 km. One way / Driving Time: 2 hrs. The altitude of Chele La Pass – 3,810 mt)
After breakfast, you would be taken for an excursion to Chele La Pass, the highest motorable pass in Bhutan and separates Paro Valley and the Haa Valley. The ride passes through lush valleys, pine, and rhododendron forest. On a clear day, the pass provides a splendid view of mountains Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. Here you will see hundreds of colorful prayer flags fluttering in the winds. From here you can also see Paro Valley on the side and Haa Valley on the other. The pass is also rich in Bhutanese Flora and birdlife. It also offers some beautiful short treks. Later return back to the hotel. The evening is free for leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Paro.
(Distance: 200 km. / Driving Time: 7 hrs. / Altitude of Phuentsholing: 293 mt.)
After breakfast check out from the hotel. Later you would be driven to Phuentsholing. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Phuentsholing.
(Distance: 170 km. / Driving Time: 5 hrs. / Altitude of NJP/IXB: 89 mt.)
After breakfast check out from the hotel. Later you would be transferred to NJP Railway Station / IXB Airport for your onward journey. Tashi Delek!
Landlocked kingdom of Bhutan, which is covered with majestic mountains, rivers and beautiful valleys, is a perfect vacation getaway to spend some peaceful time away from the concrete jungles. The tour starts from Bagdogra airport from where you will transfer to Phuntsholing by car. This 9 days and 8 nights tour to this kingdom will take you through some of the most beautiful and iconic tourist destinations, which includes Phuntsoling, Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, and Pho Chhu and Paro. This tour will include all meals, transport and accommodation on all days. End the tour at Paro.
NJP Railway Station/IXB Airport
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Indian nationals do not require any visa for Bhutan. Original Passport with a minimum validity of 6 months from the date of departure from Bhutan or original Voter ID. No other document shall be accepted by immigration. For Children, an original Birth certificate in English and student ID is required. The permit shall be issued to the guests at the time on arrival in Bhutan at the entry point. Guests are advised to always carry a photocopy of the travel documents.
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